We betook ourselves into furrin territory today and crossed over to the south shore (where the drivers try to kill you with even more enthusiasm than over here on Montreal island – scary place south of the river) to visit Parc de la Frayere between Boucherville and Varennes. This is a reliable spot for owls in winter and we were lucky enough to add a Northern Saw-whet Owl and three Long-eared Owls (all in the same tree) to the year list – now at 33 species. The LEOW was also a lifer for J – double the pleasure.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Long-eared Owl

An adult Snowie Owl was photographed today near St-Clet and I need it for the collection – should still be around next weekend if I can’t get there sooner. Meanwhile, a dump of snow is forecast for tomorrow and then some very cold temperatures to follow – time to hunker down.